Seeking Truth From Fiction
The provocative short stories in “Land of Big Numbers” offer a window into ordinary life in China with rich material from a reporter’s notebook.
To Face Off Against China, Copy Its Playbook
Biden should unite allies with a giant “Made in the Free World” project.
Oh God, Not Another Long Telegram About China
U.S. strategists love grand proclamations—but ignore domestic political realities.
The U.S. Doesn’t Have to Make Sacrifices to Get China’s Climate Cooperation
Beijing is sincere about fighting climate change—for its own best interests.
The West Needs Champions
With China strongly backing its big national firms, the West should consider doing the same.
China Is Losing Influence—and That Makes It Dangerous
The best thing Biden can do is lighten up on China and let gravity take its toll.
Chinese Belt and Road Investment Isn’t All Bad—or Good
As Sri Lanka shows, when it comes to Chinese debt, small states have agency and great powers have responsibilities.
Can Biden Finally Put the Middle East in Check and Pivot Already?
The new administration, like previous ones, has a Middle East quagmire. But it’s trying some nuanced moves to break free.
Meet Today’s Masters of the Universe
“The World for Sale” peels back the cover on the secretive—and sometimes shady—people who make the modern world go around.
In Kolkata, Only a Few Lions Are Still Dancing
A 2-century-old Indian Chinese community is threatened by tensions between the two countries.
Latin American Governments Are Caught in the Middle of the U.S.-China Tech War
So far, policymakers have maintained strong ties with both nations. In 2021, they may face a point of no return.
Why China Favors Democracy Over Dictatorship in Myanmar
To secure Beijing’s economic and regional interests, a reliable democratic government is better than an unpredictable and expansionist military junta.
A Half-Century Later, Pueblo’s Crew Gets Their Day in Court
A U.S. judge awards $2.3 billion to the crew of the spy ship seized by North Korea and their families.
China’s Nationality Law Is a Cage for Hong Kongers
Foreign passport holders risk being trapped in China by nervous authorities.
Influence Without Entanglement in the Middle East
How China is outflanking the United States—and staying under the radar.
Biden’s Pick for CIA Director Singles Out China as ‘Biggest Geopolitical Test’
Bill Burns, a veteran diplomat, will helm the spy agency in an era of renewed great-power competition.